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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Rewriting the rules of mediation and conflict resolution: The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum

Good news for the Joe Biden administration may strangely come from the recent results of the inter-Libyan negotiations in Geneva.

MENASource by Hafed Al Ghwell and Karim Mezran

Libya Middle East

Thu, Feb 18, 2021

The Biden administration may have hit the reset button in Libya

Despite its marginality and irrelevance for US’s interests, Libya has come to constitute the litmus test of this perceived change in the world political landscape.

MENASource by Karim Mezran

Libya Middle East

Karim Mezran is director of the North Africa Initiative and resident senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council focusing on the processes of change in North Africa. As a distinguished Libyan-Italian scholar, Dr. Mezran brings enormous depth of understanding to the transition in Libya and elsewhere in the region. He is the co-editor of three volumes published with Dr. Arturo Varvelli of the Italian think tank ISPI entitled Foreign Actors in Libya’s Crisis (2017), The Arc of Crisis in the MENA Region: Fragmentation, Decentralization, and Islamist Opposition (2018), and The MENA Region: A Great Power Competition? (2019). He is the co-author of a book on Libya in Italian, entitled Libia: fine o rinascita di una nazione? with Dr. Varvelli (Donzelli Editore 2012). He is also the author of a book in English on the identity crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, entitled Negotiation and Construction of National Identities (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2007). His analyses on the Middle East and North Africa also have been widely published in Italian- and other-language journals and publications. From 2002 to 2012, Dr. Mezran was the director of the Center for American Studies in Rome. Additionally, he has taught courses on the history and politics of North Africa as an adjunct professor of Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Mezran holds a PhD in international relations from SAIS at Johns Hopkins University; a JD in comparative law from the University of Rome (La Sapienza); an LLM in comparative law from The George Washington University; an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown University; and a BA in management from Hiram College.